Britain's Got Talent Betting Offers & Free Bets
Britain's Got Talent has become one of the most popular shows on British television over the past decade. The 2017 series was again hugely popular with over 10 million viewers watching the final which was won by singer Tokio Myers. It was the usual mix of promising performers, youngsters, dance acts aplenty, plenty of novelty acts and of course a few sob stories along the way and this year we even found a good stand-up comedian.
Britain's Got Talent 2018
Lost Voice Guy Wins the Final
The Grand Final of Britain's Got Talent was held on Sunday 3 June and it was a great night for comedians. Never before had a stand-up comedian won the competition but that all changed when Lost Voice Guy was voted the winner. Lee Ridley has cerebral palsy and can't speak so relies on his computer equipment to voice his rather un-PC jokes, mainly about disability. He's already an award-winning stand-up comedian and he pipped Robert White for the title. Third place went rather surprisingly to singer Donchez Dacres.
The Top Contenders
The D-Day Darlings - A World War II tribute band and there are a fair few of those around. The addition of photos of relatives who fought in the war was a nice touch and a good way of getting votes of course. They finished in the top three in Monday's semi-final and got through to the final on the judges vote.
Lost Voice Guy - Comedian Lee Ridley who due to his cerebral palsy can't actually speak so uses a voice synthesizer on his tablet to get his jokes told. He already has a successful career and won the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2014 and has a Radio 4 sitcom. He qualified for the final by winning Monday's semi-final and is favourite to win the competition.
Jack and Tim - The current favourites to win the title are a father and son act. The son has aleady appeared on 'The Voice Kids' show and in the West End musical 'Rock School' so will be used to singing in front of live audiences which will help this week and his father has also had a music career. The duo are Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer act. They are currently 5/1 at Coral to win the title.
Marc Spelman - Ant and Dec's Golden Buzzer act and pulled every heartstring with his mind reading trick linked to his family. He's changed his tune over the years having previously called the show 'a joke.' It'll be interesting to see what he comes up with in the semi-final.
Gruffydd Wyn Roberts - He could be the next Paul Potts after his successful audition where he was Amanda Holden's golden buzzer choice. Not that it started that way as Cowell stopped him with his first song due to nerves, so he needs to conquer those for the live shows.
Father Ray Kelly - An Irish priest but no Father Ted. This one is a singer who first found fame on YouTube singing 'Hallelujah.' In 2014 he released a CD and now he's on Britain's Got Talent.
The Finalists So Far
The first semi-final had a few nervous moments when the live feed went down but we all enjoyed the jokes about the absent Ant being responsible. The rest of the show was rather predictable with Lost Voice Guy and The D-Day Darlings reaching the final.
Tuesday's semi-final provided a surprise result but one that delighted David Walliams. His golden buzzer choice Donchez Dacres won the semi-final and was joined in the final by Calum Courtney who secured second place via the votes of the general public after the judges failed to come to a decision. The B-Positive Choir came third.
Wednesday saw two Golden Buzzer contestants battle it out but only one made it through to the final. Comedian Robert White won the viewers vote and it was opera singer and Amanda Holden's Golden Buzzer choice Gruffydd Wyn Roberts who also qualified for Sunday's final ahead of Ant and Dec's Golden Buzzer winner, Marc Spelman who must be on the short-list for the judges wild card.
Thursday night saw Jack and Tim and DVJ reach the final with Baba Yega just missing out. That leaves just one semi-final and that saw a bit of a shock with Micky P Kerr winning the heat with the Giang Brothers joining him in the final. There's just one more place left in the final and that's the Judge's Wildcard.
Britain's Got Talent Betting Markets
Major betting companies such as Skybet and Paddy Power offer bets on the show throughout the auditions and live shows. Some of the popular markets include:
- Competition winner
- Winning judge
- Next act to be eliminated
Britain's Got Talent 2017 Final
Tokio Myers won the 2017 Britain's Got Talent final with 24.2 percent of the votes. His mixture of classical and modern music continually proved to be a big hit with the viewers and the judging panel. He was seven percent clear of the runner-up, eight year-old magician Izzy Simpson with stand-up comic Daliso Chapunda back in third. That's one of the highest finishes for a comedian though he is an experienced performer on the comedy circuit and has since landed his own radio show.
The final saw a few performers who should do well in the future. Magician Matt Edwards is a regular in panto's having appeared with two former Britain's Got Talent winners in Christmas shows. There aren't too many opportunities for magicians on television these days but his mix of comedy and magic could be utilised somewhere and he'll be busy doing cabarets etc.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the series was the fifth place finish for The Pensionalities. The two elderly singers proved incredibly popular with everyone with their singing and gentle humour. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the series was the audience's reaction towards teenage singer Sarah Ikumu. She wowed everyone with her audition but then failed to qualify for the final via the viewers votes and needed a judges wildcard. She finished 7th in the final but looks to have a good career ahead of her particularly in musical theatre. Not far behind in terms of disappointment were mind-reading act DNAwho finished last in the final after messing up part of their final performance.
History of Britain's Got Talent
Brittish TV has always had talent shows and those of a certain age will have fond memories of 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'New Faces.' Both shows created plenty of stars with performers such as Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Jim Davidson, Les Dawson, Cannon and Ball and Bonnie Langford getting their first big breaks on those shows.
ITV's 'New Faces' included a panel of judges with Tony Hatch becoming the man we used to love to hate. Britain's Got Talent is just a step ahead on that show as now we see the auditions from the good, the bad and the even worse. The show began in 2007 and is presented by Ant and Dec. The panel originally consisted of Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. The show was an instant hit and now has four judges - Cowell and Holden remain (Holden having appeared in every single series) plus Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
2017; Tokio Myers
2016: Richard Jones
2015: Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse (plus Skippy and Chase)
2012: Ashley and Pudsey
2011: Jai McDowall
2008 George Sampson
2007 Paul Potts
That list of winners doesn't include the most famous contestant on the show. Susan Boyle stunned the world with her performance of 'I Dreamed a Dream' in 2009 but finished second in the final behind Diversity. Faryl Smith from Kettering reached the final a year earlier and has had a successful career since including singing the National Anthem at Wembley on several occasions including the JPT Trophy this April.
When and Where to watch Britain's Got Talent
The show can be seen on ITV on Saturday evenings. The next series will be shown in April and May 2018
By:- Steve A
Posted on:- 24/04/2015 - 12:02 PM
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